Businesses should prepare for the possibility of further
fluctuations in the value of the Thai currency, a leading economic think
tank warned last week.
According to the Kasikorn Research Centre (KRC), the baht
could take a further slide over the coming months, after falling to 41.358
points last week, the lowest value in eight and a half months.
Pressurized on one side by the appreciation of the US
dollar, the baht is also facing an onslaught from Thailand’s lower than
expected economic growth figures, including the current account deficit,
poor stock market performance, soaring oil prices and the continuing
insurgency in the country’s southern border region.
Although the KRC predicts that the baht could well pick
up in the final quarter of the year, as the current account balance improves
and exports and tourism pick up, it also warns that this currency revival
will come amid bad news and continuing uncertainty.
Further pressure on the baht is likely to come if the
tourism sector fails to pick up, and if investors remain concerned over the
political situation and water shortages.
Warning businesses to prepare for further volatility, the
research centre predicts that the currency is likely to fluctuate over the
next few months. (TNA)